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Extreme heat didn't stop hundreds of employees from joining the inaugural walk around the East Baltimore campus. Human Resources, Health & Welfare manager Mary Carole Kirkpatrick, center, is joined by co-workers.
Human Resources, Health & Welfare manager Mary Carole Kirkpatrick, center, is joined by co-workers.

  Hospital President Ron Peterson and Hospital Vice President for Medical Affairs Beryl Rosenstein
Leading by example: Hospital President Ron Peterson, right, and Hospital Vice President for Medical Affairs Beryl Rosenstein.
  Employees turned out in droves.
Employees turned out in droves.
   

Some employees thought the image before them must be a heat hallucination; others were utterly shocked. “Oh my God!” exclaimed Hospital and Health System VP for Human Resources Pamela Paulk. “He took his jacket off!”

She was referring to Hospital President Ron Peterson, who shed his second skin to participate in the first-ever Healthy@Hopkins Walk, a mile-long jaunt that took place in June. Despite the 97-degree temperature, roughly 700 people from around the institution joined in the Wellnet-sponsored event, part of an ongoing campaign to improve the health of employees. More than 10 walking routes throughout the extended campus have been marked.

“Years ago I had to drag everyone around the subway for a walk,” says cardiovascular nurse Gina Bennett. “[It’s] so great that the hospital has designated a path.”

If the intense heat discouraged you from walking that day, choose another time to circle the campus: Walking groups meet at the Wolfe Street Lobby every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to noon and every Friday from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Info: insidehopkinsmedicine.org/wellnet

 

 

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